Time to add some green into your life!
So what is exactly this green madness you might ask?! Well for the ones who think this drink should belong to Shrek…you should definitely try it! It’s greenylicious!;)
Green smoothies are a great way to add greens into your diet, the easy way! I’m a big fan of those healthy smoothies as I could feel the difference in my energy level and body in general when I started drinking them last november. I usually alternate with juices for my morning breakfast depending my mood or what I feel like having.
So what is it exactly?
- It’s a blended drink with fruits, leafy green vegetables and water.
Check out their health benefits:
- Weight loss
Your food cravings and taste for sweets will surely disappear after a few weeks of green smoothie consumption! It is filling so you won’t feel hungry after and won’t indulge in those cookies.
- Nutrients & Digestion
Nutrients that are blended are absorbed better than regular food and are easier to digest since the food is already broke down. The enzymes and fibers contained in the green leaves will help you to digest the food better. It also means you can consume more greens blended than in salads for example. It could be a great way to make your kids eat more veggies. It is packed with minerals, vitamins and fibers.
- Immune system
It will strengthen your immune system and you will become strangers with Mr. Cold & Mrs. Flu.
Green leaves contains insoluble fibers that are needed to eliminate the waste and toxins accumulated in the body.
It will give you a boost! Great way to start your morning full of energy!
- Alkalizing your body
Our way of living is pretty much a combination of being stressed out, eating processed food, not doing enough exercise which result our body to be more acidic than alkaline. Acidity in the body is an open door for infections and illnesses. Green smoothies are a great source to alkalize your body and balance your pH.
Leafy greens contain what is often called “liquid sunshine”. Chlorophyll is a green pigment found in plants that brings sunshine to your body! It contains minerals and proteins and cleanses the system and oxygenates the organs. According to Dr. Ann Wigmore, the pioneer of living foods and wheatgrass juice, “consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion“. It helps rebuild the blood flow, purify the liver from the toxins. The brain functions at its best when highly oxygenate.
- Glowing Skin
Your skin will start glowing and have a better & healthier complexion. As your body is receiving all the good nutrients and is getting rid of the toxins, it will show up on your face and you will look radiant!
- And not to forget the awesome feeling you will have after drinking them!;)
Victoria Boutenko is the woman who started drinking green smoothies to improve her health and is the author of “Green for Life“. Her family changed their whole diet due to health issues. They ate raw food for 7 years which improved significantly their health. After hitting a plateau, she started to look for what was missing in their diet with an opened mind and scientific approach. Leafy green vegetables were the answer. She suggests a special food group for leafy greens as they are totally different from the starchy vegetables. Their enzymes are digested differently from the other food groups. Dr. Ann Wigmore said that green leaves are the only food group that could be combined with any other one without problem, such as fermentation. She also recommends not to mix fruits with starchy vegetables (carrots, beets, broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, etc.) because the mixture doesn’t combine well with those two types.
All you need:
- A powerful blender
- Fruits (bananas are usually used as a base with its creamy texture but you can use any kind of fruits – berries are great too!)
- Leafy greens such as spinach, parsley, romaine lettuce, kale, swiss chard, green collards, bok choy.
If you’re new to green smoothies:
I would recommend to start with spinach or romaine lettuce as you will barely taste the greens. You can also add dates or more fruits for the sweet taste. I think it’s important that you like your first smoothie, so you’ll keep drinking them, as on the opposite if they are super packed with greens at first, you might find them too “green” and stop after your first one. You can slowly increase the percentage of green leaves. You just have to try and test! You don’t need to add a lot of different fruits. Keep it simple with a few ingredients.
It is also good and important to vary your greens and change every other day/ week as they all contain different nutrients and mainly because greens contain a very small dose of alkaloids, which on small amount isn’t a problem but could cause on the long term symptoms of poisoning (if you eat spinach or kale everyday for weeks and weeks).
I usually make my green smoothie in the morning for breakfast. It became my weekly routine, as I feel really good after drinking them and it keep me full until lunch time. It’s the perfect drink before or after a jog or workout. You could make it for lunch, dinner or it’s also perfect as a snack. It’s super quick to prepare and easy to carry in a mug or in a bottle. You can keep it in the fridge for 2-3 days…but I always drink mine fresh, as it tastes better and you get more nutrients.
My friends & family who tried them were positively surprised by the good taste and were asking for more!;)
Are you a fan of those green monsters drinks? Have you seen any health benefits thanks to adding them to your diet? Are you starting? Share your thoughts!
Happy Green day!
“Green for Life“, Victoria Boutenko, 2010
“Green Smoothie Revolution“, Victoria Boutenko, 2009
“Les incroyables vertus des smoothies verts“, Colette Hervé-Pairain et Nadège Pairain, 2011